Monday, January 08, 2007

January at the Palantation house

January at the Palantation house
yes, january 7th, here in tallahassee, florida, usa. You can see flowers [Camellias] on the bushes in the background, the green plants, and the ferns on the trunck and branches of the Live Oak. The ferns are called "Resurrection Ferns" because they dry up to what looks like a dead plant until it rains, then they look as they do now.
The plntation house is used by the city for the park headquarters; the plantation is about five blocks from downtown and back in about 1850 this house with its 500 acre plantation was out in the country.

A fireplace in each room, slaves did the stoking of the wood, slaves did all of the labor. "the good old days" were good only for the top 10%, i guess, much like Athens of Old, was composed of about 60%
slaves. I read that Rhode Island, when it was settled, had the most slaves, maybe 40% of its people.
Probably many many slaves were involved with this plantation.

All Beauty has its Price.

Brokaw-McDougall House:
A "Gone with the Wind" kind of Classical Revival plantation home, built in 1856 with balustraded balcony, full-width veranda and Corinthian columns. The formal gardens were laid out in the 1850’s and restored by the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs. Today, it is used as a popular conference and event site. 329 N. Meridian St., 891-3900,

One of the finest remaining antebellum homes in Tallahassee is the Brokaw-McDougall House. When first built in or around 1856, it was on the outskirts of town. Its original owner, Peres Bonney Brokaw, ran a prosperous livery stable business downtown, and also found time to serve in city government, the state legislature and in the Confederate Cavalry. His daughter married Alexander McDougall, then a recent immigrant from Scotland. Members of the Brokaw and McDougall families lived in the house until it was sold to the State of Florida in 1973. The state made the house available for conferences, receptions, meeting space and special events. It also served as the headquarters of the Historic Tallahassee Preservation Board until May 1997. January 1998 the City of Tallahassee leased the house from the State of Florida for $1 a year and began operations and management of the facility. It continues to be used as a popular conference and event site.

Architecturally, the house is an outstanding Classical Revival building with strong Italianate influences. The formal gardens were laid out in the early 1850’s prior to the construction of the main house. They were restored as a Bicentennial project of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs.

Now, on January 8th, the *second* Emancipation holiday is about to be celebrated, jan. 15th: Martin Luther King day..

Uploaded by freestone on 8 Jan '07, 9.09am EST.

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